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Blue badges: Task force launched to tackle parking permit fraud


A new task force has been launched to tackle fraudulent use of the blue badge scheme, which offers free parking for disabled people.

More than 4,000 badges were stolen last year and councils prosecuted over 1,200 cases of misuse.

But 60% of councils did not pursue anyone for fraud, research found.

The crackdown comes as the scheme is being extended in England to some "hidden disabilities", such as autism or mental illnesses, from 30 August.

The task force will bring together organisations to work on improving the consistency of council enforcement against blue badge misuse.

There will also ...


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